Oh well, it couldn't last I suppose. This week has been lovely. Our eldest son has been here with a bunch of his university friends who are in that wonderful period between finals and results. Some of them were here last year and they bought with them a few new faces...we were a total of 14 I think.
It was a holiday for me because once the beds were made and the shopping done (quite a lot of my food "shopping" is from the freezer so no great hardship there) I did very little. I prepared meals - although by no means all of them and anyway summer lunches are largely salad, cheese and pate - but I did no washing up at all. I didn't have to think about a glass of wine as it magically appeared in front of my place at dinner each evening - and I must have drunk very slowly because my glass was never less than half full...hic.
We were luckyish with the weather - there was a lot of laughter up at the pool and even a certain amount of sunbathing. We had willing helpers to move the pig fence so that the Happy Hams could enjoy some fresh grass. Trips to vineyards, a bit of sight-seeing and, of course, tennis - all good fun.
On the Monday afternoon I received a phone call from someone with a swarm of bees in his garden. Having successfully hived it on Monday I then went and collected it on Tuesday evening and bought it back. As a result two of the girls asked if they could take a look at the beehives in the garden and as we have extra veils and beesuits why not?
The colonies I have here are usually (I use the word carefully as you can never really be sure!) calm and I was delighted to have someone clicking photos as well as an extra pair of hands to help with the lifting of frames and boxes. It turned out to be more interesting than even I expected as we found the marked queens very easily and I decided to unite one of the smaller colonies with a larger one. As a reward I brought one of the frames of honey back to the house and we all enjoyed honey comb on ice cream that night. They both admitted afterwards that to begin with they were very apprehensive and not at all sure what to expect but had both been amazed at both the organisation within the hive and the general calmness of the bees despite the fact that when we united the colonies there was obviously quite a lot of activity going on around them. Two future beekeepers? Hope so!
So now they have gone and all that remains of their stay is a pile of sheets still in front of the machine because I didn't notice we were running out of detergent and that's one thing I don't have in my freezer. Monday will bring ironing and also some upholstery work. But after this week I feel completely rested and refreshed - work will be welcome but not resented.
I wish them all the best of luck with whatever comes next and, of course, with their finals results.
Oh, and do book in again for next year...